Incandescence is led by artistic director staya Lapham, who is by the way, totally mega, I dont think she even slept whilst we were on production for this show, not only did she creativly direct the proceedings, but also designed the costumes as well as doing all the buying and much of the making, and practically dreaming the whole thing into reality. Despite being very tired and rushed off her feet, she was chirpy and cheerful throughout (occasionally sneaking off for a quick head in the hands moment) all in all though hats off satya!
Elemental is the story of young Mimi, who after being lovingly put to sleep by her mother, awakes to find herself in a fantasy land, full of flying sea creatures, firey acrobats and paradisical birds, she is led through this unexpected world by her two loving friends RoRo and RuRu, her favourite toys, that have magically come to life in this world of her dreams, all the while carefully watched over by queen Fifi, her adoring mother and also the ruler of this strange land, in which Mimi will spend only one memorable night.
Throughout her travels in this dream world Mimi is introduced to the four elements earth, air, fire and water, represented by a host of otherworldly creatures which sweep her up on the most grand adventure she will ever experience.
To find out more about the wonderful incandescence circus, the Elemental show and it's multitude of spectacular productions see HERE
To find out more about the Gwangyang international circus arts festival see HERE
We spent 10 days rehearsing this full blown spectacular in the Sennon Community hall, Lands End Cornwall, A record breaking achievement as a show of this scale would normaly take three to six weeks to produce. Sennon, a small town on the edgeof our island was, to say the least, an unusual place to be rehearsing a sizable international touring production. Most of the 28 cast and crew members were present for the final days of rehearsals in the hall, bar 6 Tanzanian acrobats who will join us in Asia, i'm very much looking forward to their high energy acrobatic style.
Here is the lovly sennon community centre where Incandescence came together to rehearsa Elemental
|Incandescence rehearsal spcae|
|will always have a big bottom|
Of course I couldn't go on such an epic trip without packing a certain Bunny Bunny with me, my adorable mascot, who sadly escaped to the cornish hills (probably for the best, given his wild origins)
|Bunny Bunny on the road trip|
|My Lovly Bunny Bunny|
|Jo and Gareth working on the doubles trapeze|
|The Head of the sea queen|
|A louis Fuller moment during air|
|Artistic Director Satya teching the hanging frames|
|The Company warming up in the cornish sunshine|
|Bex giving us some tips.|
|Its raining and the puddles are growing FAST|
|we are the storm and Charlie is on the ship, luckily the fools have got off (momentairily)|
Charlie was absolutly amazing, a super talented young performer (only 14) and off to Korea for a whole month, to be looked after by clowns and sensible circus artists...he he
She was an inspiration and a pleasure to create this material with, and I'm sure she has a long performance career ahead of her!
Here are some images of the opening scene of the show;
|Did you hear that?|
|Do you dare to open it?|
|Of course we do silly!|
|Ro Ro has exited the toybox|
|WooHoooo Freedom, now thats what i'm talking about!|
|Charlie is a princess waiting to be revealed|
Bye for now Incandescence Circus, Bye RuRu, RoRo and MiMi, Bye Queen FiFi see you sooooooon!